About the Department
The Department of Health Science is concerned with the vast array of issues directly related to the physiological, psychosocial, and social policy aspects of health, wellness, fitness and aging. The Department offers four majors in the traditional undergraduate program.
Health and Fitness is centered on health; and fitness program development, implementation and evaluation. Wide choice in elective courses allows students the ability to tailor their program in a very individualized manner.
Health Administration focuses on business, communication and policy issues. It is designed to provide the basic management skills necessary for diverse career pathways requiring baccalaureate-prepared health professionals.
Athletic Training will be offered in the Fall of 2013. The Athletic Training Education Program is accepting students who wish to sit for the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification exam. The Mission of the Athletic Training Education Program is to provide a quality classroom and clinical experience that prepares students to successfully sit for their Board of Certification exam and take their place as a medical professional all done in the context of a liberal arts education. Students who want to apply for admission to this program must identify themselves as Pre-Athletic Training students.
A new major in Public Health Studies has recently been approved by the faculty. The Public Health Studies major consists of an interdisciplinary curriculum that provides students with the opportunity to study human cultures and the physical and natural world as it relates to individual and population health. This major emphasizes broad-based and integrative learning outcomes in the context of the major areas of specialized study in public health, including health education, behavioral health, epidemiology, and environmental health.
Through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, the Department also offers a cluster of health majors. These are available as degree completion programs for working professionals holding Associate Degrees in Allied Health fields. The major in Community Health focuses on the psychological and sociological aspects of health and might be a great choice for someone interested in social work, public health, home health services or aging care. The major in Healthcare Management can help build the business and management skills necessary to lead health programs, facilities and personnel. Health Science is designed to provide the health practitioner with an enhanced understanding of the physiology of health and fitness and may serve as the background needed for graduate or professional school training. Health Studies provides an integrated experience for those wishing a broad perspective of the health field and allows more choice in elective courses that focus on the biological and biochemical aspects of health and disease, and on health communication and management. This might be a good choice for someone wishing to pursue a career in health promotion or health coaching. This major could also provide the additional clinical science background needed for career advancement in medical laboratory science.